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Girls' Best Friend

Bright and sparkly. Gemstones came to my mind when I was removing this Dragon Fruit and Orange jelly from the mould. Like a combination of gemstones...rubies, amber and diamonds, all in one!

Dragon's Eyes

The literal translation for the name of a small brown, juicy exotic fruit from the lands of Asia, known as Longan in Chinese, packed into these muffins


A taste from the humble beginnings, the Long Bean Rice brings back beautiful memories of the yesteryears

Light and Fluffy

Lemon, Yogurt and Cranberries~a nice blend of flavours in a light and fluffy chiffon cake

Bread Stories

Asian style buns ~ Popular as breakfast food or snack, sweet/savoury fillings wrapped in soft, cottony bread

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Coffee Mania

One of those who need a daily cafeine fix, at least one to start the day :) It was a double dose today!

I was touched and grateful when a close friend (who knows too well about my coffee addiction) presented me with what was known as the most expensive coffee beans in the world! Thank you once again my friend, it was really thoughtful of you.

Not too sure about the claim but it was indeed expensive compared to the ones that I know. Known as Kopi Luwak, it came from Indonesia. The other place where it can be found in its original form is in the Philippines. Was thrilled, have heard, read and watched it on TV but till this afternoon the opportunity to taste it had never arise. To those who have not heard about it, the beans are special in a very odd way. These beans that are highly regarded actually went through a civet-like cat's (known as luwak in Indonesia) digestive system and defecated when they cannot digest them! Indeed we are 2nd hand consumers! But it's said that it is the process that the beans went through and those extra elements added along the way that improve their taste. Due to the tedious process, decrease in the population of the cats and the high price that it can fetch, there are known to be a lot of imitations around. As such, the one that I got came along with a certificate of authenticity. I wonder how do they certify it??

We had it during tea time which was as soon as I got home to prepare it. The coffee has a strong aroma but surprisingly without the bitterness, smooth and creamy too. Quite unique indeed as long as thoughts on how they came about are kept abay!

By co-incidence I made something coffee flavoured. My coffee walnut cake had to be downgraded to be the co-star of the day, not that I mind. The cake tasted quite good but I was not happy with it's appearance, cracked surface :(
Luwak coffee flavoured cake will have to be added to my to-do list.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Purple Mood

It was time for something fresh. Since it has been awhile since I baked a loaf bread and with some purple Japanese potatoes to finish up, I decided to bake something flavoured by them. I was actually more curious about how a purple loaf would turn out to be rather than it's taste as I had tried out the same recipe with the orange species ones. Further more, the colour purple was reflective of my mood at that moment...

It came out looking purplish pink, a soft soothing colour but may not be easily acceptable for a loaf of bread?? But I think it looks better than those charcoal powder ones?? The texture was soft, with a nice hint of sweet potato scent and small purplish bits here and there.

Making this was very easy, dumped the ingredients into my bread maker and the loaf was ready within 3 hours. We finished the loaf over 1 breakfast.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Going Bananas

A friend of mum gave her two huge bunches of bananas from their farm. Gifts of these kind are really hard to come by these days, especially for folks like us who are city dwellers. I was in luck as I happened to be back home for a visit, hence got some free homegrown bananas, couldn't have been better timing :) I was told to wrap them with some newspapers to ripen them as they were still green when given. It was only after the third day (after doing daily inspection every morning) that some started to ripen, and it was a gradual process, you get 2 or 3 ripen ones per day. Come to think of it, wonder how did they get those in the markets to ripen so evenly?? At the rate that mine went, I would have some over-ripen ones while some were still green...

Bananas are something that we love in the family. They are so versatile, have them raw, fry them, put them in pancakes, cakes, bread, ice-creams, cereals and the list goes on...

Since it was a huge bunch, it was quite a challenge to finish them before they got too ripe. The last batch was mashed up and turned into banana cupcakes. I was quite happy with how they turned out, don't they look lovely and cheery in the pink stripe cases??

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Holiday Treat

I have came across many recipes which uses Oreo Cookies and had been tempted to try one of them out. The recent school break was no better time to do it. The thought of how it would add to the joy of little one's holiday mood motivated me to go for it. I chose the Oreo and Raisin Muffin recipe from aunty yochana. It was easy and took less than 1 hour to have it all done. The verdict? Enough to say that little one had 2 at one go!

Little one gobbled down the other half before I could stop him when I was busy trying to take this photo to show how soft and moist it was :)


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